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Junk Beautiful, Outdoor Edition

Calling ALL Junkers! Sue Whitney is back with a brand-new collection of gorgeous and green decorating projects! Through her popular Web site,, and numerous TV appearances, the Junkmarket gals have taught legions of devotees how to beautify their homes with tossed-away treasures. In their latest junk journey, Sue Whitney and friends tastefully transform patios, porches, pools, outdoor kitchens, meditation gardens, camping retreats, and much more. Each fun-filled chapter details a wealth of style options, project how-tos, and entertaining tips and trade secrets.

Paperback: 202 pages

Publisher: Taunton Press (March 1, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 160085057X

ISBN-13: 978-1600850578

Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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Sometimes I look back on my childhood and wondered how I even survived. The home I lived in was not very "kid friendly". It was like living in the Smithsonian. Crazy silk flowers, couches covered in plastic, doilies under everything -including doilies under doilies, expensive prints of famous paintings in expensive frames. Everything had to be "just so".It sucked.When it was time for me to move out, I knew I needed to furnish my new place but I didn't exactly have a lot of money to spend on new things. Besides, I didn't want new things. I didn't want my place to look like it came straight from the pages of Ikea. I wanted my place to be unique, inviting, and completely comfortable.So, I began scouring the garage sales, the flea markets, the night before trash day in nice neighborhoods - you would not believe what you can find sitting out there on the curb and I took all of this stuff in and began to sand, primer, and paint. I sawed, I hammered, I drilled. I washed, I sewed, I stapled. I was like Martha Stewart on steroids. And the end result was a home that felt like a home.This book really puts things in perspective. It shows how with a little ingenuinuity and some creative imagination you can create living spaces that are filled to overflowing with charm, love, and individuality.My sister-in-law gets a new living room set about every two years. It's always expensive and she always has to brag about how much she paid for everything. Actually, she didn't pay for any of it, her husband did...and probably still does...but despite the heavy duty price tag, her home doesn't feel like a home. It feels cold, impersonal, unhappy.

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